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Northwestern Student Journalist Claims the Way White People Walk on Sidewalks is Racist

Northwestern Student Journalist Claims the Way White People Walk on Sidewalks is Racist

“White people came to expect the right of way in public spaces”

At what point do we start calling things like this a sign of mental illness?

Campus Reform reports:

Blaming Jim Crow, Northwestern student journalist says the way White people walk on sidewalks is too racist

The opinion editor of the Northwestern University’s student newspaper recently published an article asserting that White people walk awkwardly on sidewalks because of their internalized racism.

“When I first got to Northwestern, I wondered why walking around on campus could be so frustrating. Even when sidewalks were relatively empty, I would often have to walk way around people to pass without bumping into them,” wrote Kenny Allen of The Daily Northwestern, “At first, I chalked it up to the geographic diversity of the school; maybe the people that came to this school were used to different ways of moving through a public place.”

However, after “talking to [his] Black friends about my experience,” Allen concluded that “people at this predominantly White school would not move out of our way on the sidewalk.”

Laying out the claims by University of Richmond sociologist Bedelia Richards for determining “whether one’s university is racist” — such as which groups feel most “at home,” whose “norms, values and perspectives” are legitimated, and “who inhabits positions of power” — Allen concluded that “white people” meet most of the criteria.

Allen then asserted that “the formal rules of Jim Crow were accompanied by a set of informal ones that governed the way Black people approached White people in public space and vice versa.” This social order “required Black people to yield to White people whenever possible” — such as “stepping off the sidewalk when a White person was walking past.”

“White people came to expect the right of way in public spaces,” he added. “White people who were accustomed to moving through the world like that — intentionally or not — taught their kids to move through the world in the same way. And the racism that undergirded Jim Crow wasn’t eliminated just because the laws were no longer overtly racist.”


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Racist for whites to expect blacks to move out of their way on the sidewalk, but totally okay for blacks to expect whites to move out of their way on the sidewalk. Did I get that right? It ain’t racism, it’s manners for crying out loud.

    CorkyAgain in reply to Idonttweet. | May 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    If the whites on the sidewalk move away from the blacks, it will be taken as proof that they feel some racist discomfort around blacks.

    So these very probably woke university students, not wanting to be thought racist and demonstrating instead that they view them as equals, do not make any more effort to avoid the blacks than they do other whites.

    For this they’re accused of being racist.

      MajorWood in reply to CorkyAgain. | May 11, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      The best part about WuFlu is that you can cross the street to avoid certain people and it isn’t automatically racist.

The referenced article is yet another instance indicating how far into the thrall of political correctness Northwestern has fallen, and another reason that I am embarrassed to admit that I am a graduate of this once prestigious university.

healthguyfsu | May 11, 2021 at 12:29 pm

This generation moves for nobody…their mannerisms are always me first. Take it from someone on one of these campuses.

Arrogance knows no color, gender, or orientation. I’m telling you right now that groups walking side by side will take up entire sidewalks or hallways and expect you to find a way around them so their fellowship with their friends is not disrupted in any way. They also actively try to find ways to walk in front of you and not wait for you to pass when crossing. I’ve seen students take angles to try and cut you off rather than moving perpendicular. It’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen and it wasn’t always this way. There’s an internal me first attitude in this generation (GenZ) and the previous (Millenials) that can’t be fully hidden by a curated online persona.

healthguyfsu | May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Don’t even get me staretd on elevator etiquette

    Geologist in reply to healthguyfsu. | May 11, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    I often block people rushing into the elevator, to force them to wait for the people getting off.

    And I sometimes wave the women out blocking the guys who have never heard about “ladies first.” Not that these “bleeding birthing units” (or whatever they are supposed to be called) are often “ladies.”

SeiteiSouther | May 11, 2021 at 3:37 pm

What annoys me is the LACK of use the sidewalk in our subdivision. Most of the kids walk in the middle of the street, you know, where the cars go.

I’ve told my son, if I ever caught him doing that, I’d beat his ass.

henrybowman | May 12, 2021 at 5:49 am

The Reagan administration is roundly blamed for defunding government residential institutes that treated paranoid schizophrenia.

The Biden administration will become famous as the one that institutionalized paranoid schizophrenia as national public policy.

Oh Susie Q, oh Susie Q
Oh Susie Q baby I love you, Susie Q
I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk

With my apologies to CCR

I hate the way you walk
I hate the way you talk
Susan Wasp

Well, say that you’ll be rude
Well, say that you’ll be crude
Well, say that you’ll be white and never leave me right, Susan Wasp

At a very young age I learned to give way on the sidewalk to women and men who were bigger than me. It worked for seventy years. Now it’s wrong. Go figure.

This is nothing more than people being selfish. I’ve noticed for decades (and these folks could watch and find the same results) that whites, blacks, and everyone else tend to not share space on sidewalks, with ANYONE. Not racial. Just the way they’ve been brought up: obnoxious and self-centered.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Anne. | May 12, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I think there’s something to her commentary, but not in the way she thinks. Black males are notorious for not moving out of the way of anyone except females they admire, especially when in the groups I mentioned above or even when they’re clearly in the wrong (wrong side of the aisles, etc.).

    From her view, she probably sees black men move out of her way because “solidarity sister”, but white males and females don’t see things that way. They move for no one of any race or gender because me first. The black males and females are the same way for the most part, but not with each other…because “solidarity” after all.

If this is what is concerning students at supposedly reputable “institutions” of higher education, then it is time to disband these “institutions”. These asylums are being run by the patients!